Seminar addresses managing aftermarket catalog standards

Jan 23, 2013

The University of the Aftermarket, in partnership with the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA), will host a two-day seminar on the implementation and management of aftermarket catalog standards. The program will be held March 27-28 at Northwood University’s satellite campus in Troy, Mich.

The program was developed for aftermarket catalog managers and product information professionals who would like to improve their knowledge and management of the industry data standards: the Product Information Exchange Standard (PIES) and the Aftermarket Catalog Enhanced Standard (ACES).

“Every catalog and product manager in the aftermarket must master the basics of the industry standards – ACES and PIES – even if they employ a service provider or software solution,” said Scott Luckett, AAIA chief information officer and University of the Aftermarket instructor. “The standards continue to expand and evolve. This comprehensive seminar will lay a solid foundation for implementation, even for veterans of the standards.”

According to a news release, seminar topics will include understanding how to get the most from the ACES and PIES documentation and rules, working with the Vehicle Configuration database, and real-world application exercises and discussion of compliance with trading partner requirements.

Held by leaders of the AAIA Technology Standards Committee and principal architects of the industry standards, instruction for the seminar will include extensive use of Web-based content and live data exercises. Attendees are required to bring a laptop, tablet or other wireless Internet-capable device, as all materials will be electronic.

Cost of registration for the seminar is $595 for AAIA members and $695 for others. Visit the University of the Aftermarket website to register or learn more about the program.